From being timid and doubtful to bold and fierce artist fighting for her place in the music industry, Janelle Anne Caalim, a 4th Year BS Information Technology student of Pangasinan State University Lingayen Campus (PSU LC) carved a name in the national scene as she showcased her singing skills and consistently performed well at Wish 107.5, an FM radio station in Metro Manila where big stars like Morisette and Moira perform, leading her to notch a spot in the finals.
Caalim was one of the five PSU student aspirants who auditioned and was chosen to represent the University for Wish 107.5. The five aspirants were down to only three again furthering Caalim in the competition together with Christian Mark Bautista and Joan Lambino.
At the end of the Pre-Qualifying round held at Pampanga, Caalim and Lambino made it to the Top 8 from which judges had to choose to form the final “Fantastic 4” where Caalim earned her spot to the Fantastic 4 paving her way-in to Wish 107.5 Camp Rannie Raymundo.
Caalim began her journey when PSU Got Talent came over during the 1st Semester of her 1st Year in the University. It was solely to satisfy her mom and make her proud who was then celebrating her birthday. Never did Caalim realize that it was the start of all her singing competitions, the start of something great to come into her life.
As any other performers who are carving a name for themselves in the industry, Caalim has also gone though many hurdles and stumbling blocks before she has reached this point in her singing career.
Acknowledging her flaws and shortcomings, Caalim confided that she had come to the magnitude of quitting when she was not still recognized and when winning in a competition was still impossible.
More so, now that Caalim already has a voice, she aims at fostering OPM and nurture it once again for this is the identity of Filipino music. She is deeply encouraging the youth to stand with her in this goal and be successful in forwarding her message from every song she will have to sing later on.